Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City Police say a motorcycle operator was killed when his vehicle crashed into a pickup truck on Coastal Highway.

Department spokeswoman Lindsay Richard tells media outlets that the crash occurred just after noon on Thursday. She says authorities saw the motorcycle operator commit traffic violations and tried to conduct a traffic stop.

Police say the motorcyclist sped off, and officers did not pursuit him.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland judge is considering requests to limit the evidence a jury would hear in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a Frostburg State University football player who suffered a fatal head injury during practice in 2011.

Online court records show that the NCAA, Illinois-based helmet maker Kranos Corp. and members of Frostburg State University's athletic department have filed dozens of such motions ahead of the hearing Friday in Rockville.

The trial is set for June 20.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach will become the first mid-Atlantic city with a transoceanic fiber cable station that will bring high-speed Internet to the region.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that communication company Telefonica International Wholesale Services USA purchased a 3.5-acre parcel in Corporate Landing Business Park to build a data center in the city. The building will house a 7,000-mile cable that stretches from Brazil to Virginia Beach.

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BALTMORE (AP) - A Maryland Republican Party official says one of the state's Donald Trump delegates probably won't go to the national convention following his federal indictment on child pornography, explosives and firearm charges.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein in Baltimore announced the indictment of 30-year-old Caleb Bailey on Thursday.

Bailey didn't return a telephone call. Defense attorney William Brennan says Bailey has pleaded not guilty.

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The judge in the trial of an officer charged in the arrest of Freddie Gray is aggressively questioning prosecutors during closing arguments, repeatedly asking them when the alleged assault occurred.
Officer Edward Nero faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges. The assault charge carries a maximum of ten years in prison, while the other charges have five-year maximums.
Prosecutors say Nero unlawfully arrested Gray, and was negligent when he failed to buckle the man in a police van.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two 16-year-old girls charged with conspiracy in a Delaware high school restroom assault that left another girl dead have waived arraignment and are now scheduled for trial.
The two girls, charged in an April 21 altercation at Wilmington's Howard High School of Technology that resulted in the death of 16-year-old Amy Joyner-Francis, had been scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Family Court in Wilmington. Their trials are scheduled for June 15.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The defense has rested its case after calling eight witnesses in a trial for a Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest of Freddie Gray.

Closing arguments are set for Thursday and the judge's verdict is expected Monday.


African American leaders in Delaware want the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the police shooting death of Jeremy McDole for civil rights violations.

The 28 year old McDole was sitting in a wheel chair when he was ordered to drop a gun by police.

Authorities say when he appeared to reach for his waist the officers fired.

State Prosecutors say the will not bring any criminal charges against the officers.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Organizers of Dover's Firefly Music Festival have unveiled the complete schedule for next month's four-day festival.
     A daily schedule had already been released, but fans now know the exact set times, giving them a chance to see whether any of their favorite bands will be playing at the same time on different stages.
     The festival kicks off Thursday, June 16 at 5:15 p.m. with Los Angeles electro-pop trio LANY and the dream pop group Twin Limb. Headliners Kings of Leon will play a 90-minute set the next day, starting at 10:45 p.m.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A brewery in Frederick is using the money it was awarded in a legal battle to establish an organization that supports First Amendment rights.

Flying Dog Brewery executive director Erin Weston says the company has created the 1st Amendment Society to advocate for free speech and fight censorship.

Last march, the brewery won a six-year legal battle with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission after the commission rejected the company's "Raging Bitch" IPA name and label.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has unanimously approved a bill aimed at strengthening reporting of sexual assaults on college campuses.

The bill approved Wednesday requires employees of higher education institutions to offer to report sexual assault incidents to law enforcement officials if the alleged victim agrees. Lawmakers struck a previous version of the bill that required school officials to contact police regardless of the alleged victim's wishes.

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Princess Anne apparently misstated the filing date for the upcoming municipal elections in June.

They told the media that the filing deadline was May 17 but it was actually the 9th.

Town Commission president Garland Hayward told the Salisbury Daily Times that has led town officials reject a candidate who filed on May 11th.

The contested seats are for districts 1 and 2.

The mistake follows the arrest of the at-large town commissioner Lionel Frederick who has been charged with extortion in an electoral bribery scheme.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Canadians are the largest group of international tourists to the Old Dominion, spending $214 million here in 2014.

McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Canadian tourism is up 18 percent in 2014, with 600,000 Canadians visitors.

The governor and some of his top aides are on a trade and marketing mission to Canada, visiting Montreal and Toronto.

Air Canada recently began new nonstop service from Toronto Pearson Airport to Dulles International Airport.

BALTIMORE (AP) - One of the country's premier medical schools will no longer use live animals to train its students.

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore is eliminating a popular yet controversial course in which students operate on live, anesthetized pigs. The pigs are euthanized after their surgeries.

Medical school spokeswoman Audrey Huang says the course was eliminated after a yearlong review board found it wasn't essential. Huang added that the course was popular among medical students and has received glowing reviews from alumni.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia residents are rushing to register to vote ahead of the November election.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that nearly 35 percent more Virginia residents registered to vote in the first three months of 2016 compared to the same period four years ago. That's according to data from the Virginia Department of Elections.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia woman's obituary says she chose death over voting in the upcoming presidential election.

The obituary published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and on a funeral home's website reads, "Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God."

Her husband, Jim Noland, tells WWBT-TV that she died at 68 on Sunday following a long battle with lung cancer.

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A pair of law enforcement officers testified about departmental policies and procedures in the trial of a Baltimore officer charged in the Freddie Gray case.
Officer Zachary Novak, who was on the scene when Gray was arrested, said Wednesday that Gray was agitated, screaming and kicking inside the police transport van. Capt. Justin Reynolds testified there would have been no possible way to buckle Gray in if an officer was trying to prevent himself from being assaulted.

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There’s extra security at the Kuumba Academy Charter School after a shooting threat against a building appeared on social media.

The Wilmington Police became involved in beefing up security at the school while everyone entering the facility has to pass through a metal detector.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there was a similar threat against William Penn High School near New Castle.

The paper reports that Delaware State Police are investigating that incident.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (AP) - Newport News Shipbuilding is planning to eventually add more than 1,000 jobs to help build a new fleet of ballistic missile submarines for the Navy.
The Daily Press reports that company President Matt Mulherin announced the news Tuesday during a news conference at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland.
The shipyard, which is Virginia's largest industrial employer, has shed about 1,200 jobs since last year and officials have said it could cut another 300 later this year.

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Brandywine School District voters gave their overwhelming support for a referendum for another 28 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

The money will go towards the operating budget and capital projects.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that over 9-thousand voters cast their ballots for referendum while nearly 58-hundred were opposed.

Superintendent Mark Holodick told the paper that if the referendum did not pass that school district would have had to cut $8 million from its $174-million.

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The Wicomico County Council moved ahead yesterday with new restrictions on mega-chicken houses.

The proposal would keep new large poultry houses from being any closer than 400 feet from a home or other such structures.

That is the same as proposed by the trade group Delmarva Poultry Industry Incorporated.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this did not satisfy opponents of the Naylor Mill Road project that would be made up of 10 chicken houses.

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The family of Amy Joyner-Francis wants a second autopsy after she was killed in a restroom assault at Howard High School of Technology.

The state autopsy found that she died of a sudden cardiac death brought on by pre-existing condition as a result of the assault.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Wilmington City Council member Sherry Dorsey Walker says the family told her that the heart condition she had at birth had healed itself.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Defense attorneys will finish presenting testimony in the case against a Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, who died after being injured in the back of a police van.

The defense is expected to finish Wednesday and closing arguments are expected Thursday.

Officer Edward Nero faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges.

Gray died April 19, 2015, a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police van while he was handcuffed and shackled, but not restrained by a seat belt.

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There’s legislation in Delaware that would allow those convicted of a felony to receive benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

The measure is sponsored by state Representative David Bentz.

The Newark Democrat told the Wilmington News Journal that the program is a valuable for those who are trying to get their lives back together after prison.

The monthly benefits range from $201 a month for a family with one child to $681 for a family of eight.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A report by environmental scientists says the health of the Chesapeake Bay has improved as efforts to reduce runoff from land continue.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science released the report Tuesday. The center says improvements in 2015 in water quality, chlorphyll and nitrogen levels contributed to a resurgence in aquatic grasses.

One indicator that declined was total phosphorus, excess quantities of which can lead to algae blooms.

The numbers of striped bass held steady, blue crab and bay anchovy improved.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power is asking Delaware regulators to approve higher base rates for the company's electric and natural gas customers.

Under rate proposals unveiled Tuesday, a typical residential customer's electric bill would increase by $10.23 per month, more than 7 percent higher than the existing rate.

The company is also seeking to increase its natural gas rates, which would result in a typical residential customer paying $13.55 more per month, more than 10 percent higher than the current rate.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Bicyclists are pedaling in silence in six Maryland communities as a way of remembering riders who were killed or injured on public roads.

The so-called Rides of Silence are scheduled Wednesday evening in Annapolis, Baltimore, Frederick, Hagerstown, Olney and Rockville.

Coordinator Emily Ranson says they'll follow routes of 10 to 12 miles at speeds of about 10 mph.

The Maryland Department of Transportation says bicycle fatalities in the state doubled from five in 2014 to ten in 2015.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is making changes to its anti-drunken driving ignition interlock program.

Ignition interlock devices require drivers to blow into them to start their cars to determine whether they have had too much to drink.

Under changes Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved this week, all ignition interlocks in Virginia will have to be equipped with cameras. That means that officials will be able to see if a driver gets another person to take the breathalyzer test for him or her.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's lagging revenues could delay a 3 percent pay raise scheduled for state employees and college faculty.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the pay raises could be affected if the state's revenues don't catch up to projections by the end of June.

Secretary of Finance Richard D. "Ric" Brown said Monday that revenue collections through April were trailing projections by 1.9 percent. The collections had also declined by 6.7 percent from the previous April.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says Virginia has taken a "nose dive" under Gov. Terry McAuliffe's leadership and is no longer economically competitive.

Haley attended an event in Richmond Tuesday hosted by 2017 Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie's political action committee.

Haley is a GOP rising star who said Tuesday that Gillespie would make Virginia competitive again.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, has made economic development a top priority, but Virginia has been hurt by a slowdown in federal spending.